Hugh Orde

Sir Hugh Orde

Orde, speaking at the NHS Confederation Conference in 2012.
Born (1958-08-27) 27 August 1958
London, United Kingdom
Other names Hugh Stephen Roden Orde
Awards Order of the British Empire, Queen's Police Medal

Police career

Department Police Service of Northern Ireland
Country United Kingdom
Rank Chief constable

Sir Hugh Stephen Roden Orde, OBE, QPM was the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, representing the 44 police forces of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Between 2002 and 2009 he was the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).


Sir Hugh joined London's Metropolitan Police Service in 1977. He rose quickly through the ranks, becoming Superintendent in the Territorial Support Group. Later, as Commander responsible for the service's Community Safety and Partnership section, Orde took part in the latter phase of the enquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and its subsequent handling by the police.

Later Orde (by then a Deputy Assistant Commissioner) was assigned to the senior staff of the Stevens Report which investigated government collusion in sectarian killings in Northern Ireland. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001 and was knighted for his services to policing in 2005. In 2010 he was awarded a Queen's Police Medal.

Hugh Orde was appointed Chief Constable of the PSNI (which replaced the Royal Ulster Constabulary) on 29 May 2002, taking over from Acting Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn.

In April 2009, he announced he was stepping down as Chief Constable of Northern Ireland to become President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), assuming the position in the following autumn.[1]

Sir Hugh is also the director of the Police National Assessment Centre.

He also holds a degree in Public Administration (BA) and an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law (DCL) from the University of Kent.

He is a member (known as a 'graduate') of Common Purpose UK. He attended the Matrix course in West London 1994/95.

Police Roll of Honour Trust

In November 2013 Hugh Orde took up the role of Patron of the national police charity the Police Roll of Honour Trust. He joined Stephen House and Bernard Hogan-Howe as joint patrons.[2]


  1. "Orde quits NI police for new role". BBC News. 16 April 2009.
  2. "New Patrons". Retrieved 16 April 2014.

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Colin Cramphorn (acting)
Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
2002 2009
Succeeded by
Judith Gillespie (acting)

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